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NFL Week 7 Picks: Teams with No Chance of Winning in Front of Home Crowd

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass against the New York Jets in the first quarter during a game at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIOctober 17, 2013

The NFL schedule-makers have put together a pretty exciting Week 7—highlighted by the game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night—but that doesn't mean that there aren't a few games mixed in that are extremely lopsided.

More specifically, these games are all lopsided in favor of the visiting teams. There's nothing worse for a home team than getting trounced on your own turf, but there are three games this week in which that is a legitimate possibility.

Not surprisingly, not one of these teams is on pace to be a playoff squad come the end of the season. Quality teams don't lose all that often at home, and they especially don't get blown out in the few home defeats they may suffer along the way.

If nothing else, Week 7 will at least prove to us which teams in the NFL are the very worst.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars delivers a pass against defensive end Derek Wolfe #95 of the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 13, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeate
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Okay, so we already know that the Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL and will likely lose almost all of their games this season. That doesn't mean they can't play some close games along the way, though.

Unfortunately for them, this will not be one of those weeks. The San Diego Chargers, fresh off a victory against the Indianapolis Colts, are coming to town. Philip Rivers is enjoying a career season, rookie Keenan Allen is breaking out at wide receiver, Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews are doing well out of the backfield, and the defense was just able to hold Andrew Luck to just 202 passing yards with one interception.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, really have nothing at all going for them. It was a bit of a moral victory for them against the Denver Broncos, as they really didn't get blown out until the middle of the fourth quarter and were able to hold Peyton Manning to pretty pedestrian numbers.

That being said, they did allow Knowshon Moreno to cross the goal line three times. You can't win at everything, I suppose.

This game has all the makings of the biggest blowout of the week. The Jaguars can impress me with another hard-fought game, but they'll probably still lose. San Diego will come out on top, 34-17.

 

Tennessee Titans

SEATTLE, WA. - OCTBER 13: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #4 of the Tennessee Titans passes the ball during the second quarter of the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Get
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The Tennessee Titans are 3-3 and aren't a bad football team by any stretch of the imagination. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the best option for them at quarterback, but he'll quickly be replaced when Jake Locker returns from injury.

They play the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7, and unfortunately for the Titans, they get to play them at the worst possible time. The 49ers are coming off three straight wins against the St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, and in each of those games, the Niners scored at least 32 points.

Tennessee, we have a problem.

Colin Kaepernick still isn't completely right, but the Niners defense is strong, and the running game has been carrying the load. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter have been dynamic out of the backfield, which has really taken the pressure off Kaepernick in recent weeks.

Against the Titans, expect a balanced attack. The ground game will help to set up Kaepernick through the air, and he'll look to capitalize downfield when possible.

Defensively, the Niners will manhandle the Titans. Fitzpatrick won't have an answer for the onslaught of defenders blitzing and putting pressure on him.

San Francisco will make it four straight 32-point scoring totals after Week 7. The Niners will win 35-20.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Running Back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers gets tackled by safety Antonio Allen #39 of the New York Jets on October 13, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty I
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It's hard to like the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. The defending Super Bowl champs may be just 3-3, but their defense is still plenty strong enough to overwhelm the Steelers.

Le'Veon Bell will have a hard time getting things going on the ground, essentially leaving the fate of the game up to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. That's not an unfamiliar situation for him, but he's used to being in that position with some talent surrounding him.

Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders haven't been consistently reliable this season, and the lack of a running game has hurt Roethlisberger. Defenses have been able to predict the type of play because of how heavily the Steelers have leaned on the passing game, and they've been able to exploit this by sending multiple players on a blitz.

The Ravens are still a talented defensive team without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and they'll be able to take full advantage of the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Joe Flacco and Co. should also be just fine on offense. Flacco only has seven touchdowns to his eight interceptions, but he has thrown for 1,702 yards—an impressive mark for the Super Bowl MVP. Look for him to hook up with Marlon Brown early and often.

Baltimore will come out on top, 24-17.

 

Picks Around the League

Here's how the entire Week 7 schedule will play out.

Seattle Seahawks31-14Arizona Cardinals
Miami Dolphins17-13Buffalo Bills
St. Louis Rams24-16Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears28-23Washington Redskins
Cincinnati Bengals23-34Detroit Lions
Dallas Cowboys29-20Philadelphia Eagles
San Diego Chargers34-17Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots31-24New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers14-28Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers35-20Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens24-17Pittsburgh Steelers
Cleveland Browns21-42Green Bay Packers
Houston Texans17-21Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos38-28Indianapolis Colts
Minnesota Vikings24-30New York Giants

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